Thread: Variation on a theme...
30th Dec 2013, 10:39 PM #1
Variation on a theme...
I made a (very) small chisel from a piece of HSS a couple of years ago. It's a handy little thing & has seen quite a bit of use. The blade was cut out of a thin piece of hard HSS, and has only a small bolster, & it has little to stop it being driven into the handle. This chisel never needs other than a light tap, but I would like to have used a tapered ferrule, to give a more positive register. Recently, I was making a chisel handle for a friend, to take a tapered ferrule, so I decided to take on the challenge & try making a couple for myself.
Turning the outside taper is very straightforward, but I don't have a boring bar small enough for the inside taper. So, being a long-time wood turner, I just hand-turned the inner taper with a scraper, after drilling it out to the minimum diameter. Brass is pretty easy stuff to work with, & by the time I'd done a couple, I was in the swing of it, so I made two for myself.
Now I have 3/32" and 1/16" mini-chisels: Mini chisels.jpg
The only downside is that such narrow chisels are a beast to sharpen freehand!
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31st Dec 2013, 11:37 AM #2
They look fantastic Ian.
What timber did u use for the handles ?
Sharping would be difficult as u pointed out .
But then ,when u need a chisel that size, I can see were they would be just the ticked .
Has regard to sharping ,I think they would be the size when I would get out my long forgotten guide.
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31st Dec 2013, 08:47 PM #3
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Great looking chisels Ian.
I have cut short small tapers on soft metals like brass and ally using a broken HSS drill bit ground into a tapered half circle cross section.
I place the bit in a chuck and then run the bit slowly into a pre-drilled small hole in the ferule that is the smallest hole in the taper.
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2nd Jan 2014, 09:55 AM #7
Nice chisels Ian!…..Live a Quiet Life & Work with your Hands
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